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The Black Death: Home
Throughout the unit you have examined the Black Death and its impact in Asia, Europe and Africa. In examining The Black Death and its causes, symptoms and effects, you have also examined other factors of the 14th century medieval world including; living conditions, religious beliefs and social structure (Image: Positive Effects of the Black Death).
Your task is to investigate a medieval individual’s way of life and their response to the Black Death.
Britannica offers thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites, and three separate encyclopedias.
Click on the logo above to be directed to the Britannica database, click on Middle and then use the following keyword search ...
SEARCH: plague middle ages
Be certain to explore all the results ... Articles, Images, etc
Classroom Video Database
SEARCH: "black death" "middle ages"
The speech marks force the database to look for results of that exact phrase. So, the words black and death have to appear together in the results.
World History in Context is a database for those seeking information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History. It includes full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.
In this Database you can search using keywords but some areas of history have their very own page. Click on Browse Topics (located towards the top left-hand side of the screen). Find Black Death amongst the topics.
Search this subscription site for topics relevant to your study. Each topic provides a series of website links which have been carefully selected for you by a team of librarians.
Category > Ancient and Medieval History
Topics > Middle Ages
Sections > Middle Ages: Black Death
InstaGrok Search Engine
Click on the image above to be directed to this Search Engine which returns results as a concept map. You can predetermine the reading level required for the results. Slide the bar to the right-hand side to return advanced results.
SEARCH: black death middle ages
Kidz Search Search Engine
Kidz Search "is a great tool to teach children (and adults too!) how to properly use a search engine. Finding content using search is a very important skill to learn."
Use this search engine to search for your specific character. Drag the commands onto the search area to tailor your search. We used the intitle command for peasants. All the results will be about the Black Death during the Middle Ages and will have the word Peasant in the title of the page. Substitute the other groups depending on who you have chosen; for example, doctor.
Sweet Search "searches only the 35,000 Web sites that our staff of research experts and librarians and teachers have evaluated and approved. We constantly evaluate our search results and "fine-tune" them, by increasing the ranking of Web sites from organizations such as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, PBS and university Web sites.
SweetSearch helps students find outstanding information, faster. It enables them to determine the most relevant results from a list of credible resources, and makes it much easier for them to find primary sources. We exclude not only obvious spam sites, but also marginal sites that read well, but lack academic or journalistic rigour. As importantly, the very best Web sites that are often buried on other search engines appear on the first page of SweetSearch results."
SEARCH: "black death" "middle ages"
In-text Citations and Bibliographies
Villanova College uses the APA style of Referencing.
The list above represents a series of video tutorials to assist you with the creation of a Bibliography and In-text Citations for your assignments.
You will need to log in to access the tutorials. Use your Villanova Username and Password to access these tools BUT before your username you will need to add ... villanova\[then your 5 digit username]
Search - Villanova Library Catalogue
Click on the image above to search for books in our library collection relevant to this topic.
SEARCH 1: Black Death
SEARCH 2: Plague
SEARCH 3: Middle Ages (there will be sections in these books devoted to the Plague - use the index at the back of these books to check.
Here is a sample of some of the books you will find ...
Could a few fleas really change the world? In the early 1300s, the world was on the brink of change. New trade routes in Europe and Asia brought people in contact with different cultures and ideas, while war and rebellions threatened to disrupt the lives of millions. Most people lived in crowded cities or as serfs tied to the lands of their overlords. Conditions were filthy, as most people drank water from the same sources they used for washing and for human waste. In the cramped and rat-infested streets of medieval cities and villages, all it took were the bites of a few plague-infected fleas to start a pandemic that killed roughly half the population of Europe and Asia. the bubonic plague wiped out families, villages, even entire regions. Once the swollen, black buboes appeared on victims' bodies, there was no way to save them. People died within days. In the wake of such devastation, survivors had to reevaluate their social, scientific, and religious beliefs, laying the groundwork for our modern world. the Black Death outbreak is one of world history's pivotal moments.
The Death: The Horror of the Plague
You have buried a member of your family. You know that the last person to die will be you. Who is left to bury you? It is the fourteenth century. Europe and China are suffering an outbreak of unpredictable disease. For seven hundred years it sweeps through the population like wildfire. The symptoms are horrific. It kills the weak and strong, young and old. It is known by many names. The Plague. The Black Death. The Pestilence. Why did it happen? Could it happen again? Who would be left to tell the tale?